SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR II (ISSUE 7)

WHAT IS POETRY? By Professor Christian Anieke When words freeze into snowballs of profound meanings, it’s poetry. When words twist their waists like beaded dancers, it’s poetry. When words drum like frenzied drummers in village squares, it’s poetry. When words sing in surreal or rattling voices, it’s poetry. When words spread their petals to shelter […]

PIN QUARTERLY JOURNAL (ISSUE 7): EDITOR’S NOTE

PIN QUARTERLY JOURNAL (ISSUE 7) EDITOR’S NOTE   Creativity, like rainfall, could be cyclical; and at certain times, torrential. It has been proven with all issues of the journal that, poetry and monotony have no cause for convergence. This is made possible with the flexible approach adopted in assessment of creative works considered for publication […]

EROTIC ZONE (ISSUE 7)

EROTIC ZONE (ISSUE 7) ROUTE TO HER HEART by Jonathan Otamere Endurance   It should be a sermon of touches That begins from the filament Wrapping her dresses and underneath Into an army of shields. Let her throat be the groans of a bird stuck In between sweet nectars Like the way Sister Marian Twists herself […]

BLAZING HOT (ISSUE 7)

BLAZING HOT (ISSUE 7) HOME IS AN OPEN DOOR by Chisom Okafor   Nobody leaves home Unless home is the mouth of a shark Warsan Shire.   We once sauntered into the night or rather, flew into it with the bats, like pilgrims advancing by faith never here, nor there, the way a bat is […]

THE CRADLE (ISSUE 7)

THE CRADLE (ISSUE 7) MY SUNSET, FULL OF DAWN by Balogun Olabode that day my father called me in and muttered i’d be really travelling; his words painted a pale-rural city, i emptied a reservoir of tears from my eyes. that sacred night my mother talked to me hinting how i had sunk in illness, gaunt […]

FOOD POETRY (ISSUE 7)

FOOD POETRY (ISSUE 7) SUCH REGALE… by Olajuwon Joseph Olumide Thump! thump! The kingdom of hunger in chaos! Yeye Abeke is at it again, anchor of braais: Her pestle’s incessant intercourse with The mortar, heralding to banish All grumbling demons from their gluttonous dungeons. Can anything good complete metamorphosis without pain? See the white epiphany of […]

CRISPY SATIRE (ISSUE 7)

CRISPY SATIRE (ISSUE 7) TEACHING YOUR DYING CHILD HOW TO BE A GIRL by Chisom Okafor You’ll never meet her eyes because her eyes are tales of a tense cobra’s body swollen under a joint spell of massaging palms, and walking sticks, and tennis bats, and cashew sticks and joysticks…depending on how long.   Your little […]

ON THE SPOT (ISSUE 7)

ON THE SPOT (ISSUE 7): “Poetry displays an intensity of feeling, emotion”– Professor Akachi Ezeigbo In this engaging interview, Akachi Ezeigbo, an esteemed writer and a Professor of English, talks about herself, creative works, Nigeria’s publishing industry, reading culture, poetry and other relevant literary-inclined matters. We are honoured to have you interviewed. You are a […]

NAIJA LANGUEJ KONA (ISSUE 7)

NAIJA LANGUEJ KONA (ISSUE 7) MI AND MAI FREND bai Eriata Oribhabor Mai frend: Oga Eriata, yu de fo awa said o! Eriata: Wich said? Mai frend: A si se yu de fo Afikpo, afta, a kom si se yu enta Enugu. Yu no sabi se na mai said bi dat? Eriata: A nou se […]

ACROSS THE OCEANS IV (ISSUE 7)

ACROSS THE OCEANS (ISSUE 7) SEASON OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN by Arathy Asok Women are all beautiful this season They have scrubbed their faces with white marble And kissed deep on blood red wine Their hair has been taken by the wind floating like water on sky Their bones, a note of music, flesh lamp in winter. […]

ACROSS THE OCEANS III (ISSUE 7)

ACROSS THE OCEANS III (ISSUE 7) Two Poems by Sergio Ortiz Bare Embers You, naked stretch out on my skin like a hill bitten by the sun. The fruit slips, grows, swells, it burns. At six in the mirror you enter me as the most expectant guest, simple as a river of light. You cover […]

ACROSS THE OCEANS II (ISSUE 7)

ACROSS THE OCEANS II (ISSUE 7) Three Poems by Lynn White CANDLES How many candles must I light to commemorate all the dead souls, all the lives wasted in wars without end. So many that candle making has become a profitable industry. The more deaths, the more candles. Will there be anyone left to light […]